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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Xara Choral Theatre searches for stories from the Halifax Explosion

Do you have a story about a woman in the Halifax Explosion?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 4:12 PM

NICK RUDNICKI
  • Nick Rudnicki

Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble is calling for stories of women involved in relief efforts after the Halifax Explosion. 

The Hours Turn to Nothing, Xara’s collaboration with author Ami McKay, premiered in Halifax in April. Despite the evidence that women were needed and present following the explosion, they’ve largely been excluded from the narrative.

“A number of first-hand accounts exist from medical personnel; however, stories of women and children are frequently left out of the historical record,” says a press release from Xara.

The ensemble “wants to help correct the oversights of history” and The Hours Turn to Nothing is an effort to pay tribute to those women. It spotlights their stories—specifically, those of the midwives and nurses who travelled to Halifax in the aftermath of disaster—through an interdisciplinary choral performance. The show is touring across the Maritimes over the summer.

The ensemble is now asking anyone with a family story about a woman aiding in the explosion relief efforts to contact Stephanie Kincade.











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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NS Music Hall of Fame's first legends

Casino announces five inaugural inductees.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Anne Murray—Canada's Barbra Streisand, the east coast's Joni Mitchell, one of the first inductees to the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame—with her close personal friends from The Coast. - FRAN ZANKOWSKI
  • Anne Murray—Canada's Barbra Streisand, the east coast's Joni Mitchell, one of the first inductees to the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame—with her close personal friends from The Coast.
  • Fran Zankowski

The casino just announced the very first members of the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. "These individuals are an excellent representation of the diversity of the music that represents Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada culturally and historically," the casino's interim general manager Gary Moore says in the press release. "They have been amazing ambassadors for promoting and exporting our unique culture and history through music across the world for decades."

Five names make up the inaugural list of legends, and since we're talking about the biggest of the bigs here, you can probably guess some of them. You'll definitely recognize all of them. Going alphabetically by first name, the Hall of Fame inductees are Anne Murray, Brookes Diamond Productions (you could make the case that Brookes and Fiona Diamond, who run the ubiquitous production and management company, deserve to be named on their own, but that's quibbling), John Allan Cameron, Portia White and Rita MacNeil.

The hall itself is going to open at the Halifax casino this fall—watch for a gala party in October—with another site at the Sydney casino planned for 2016, and Music Nova Scotia will deal with details from governance (boring!) to curating memorabilia (awesome!). If anyone asks, we'll be happy to part with a treasure from The Coast's archives, the above photo of Anne Murray hanging out with Coasters Christine Oreskovich (left), Bethany Stout and me (right).

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